From human bomb to paralegal, Boko Haram survivor helps heal her community

Halima, now 19, is a paralegal dedicated to helping women and girls.   BOL, Chad – Halima Yakoy Adam was once a human bomb. When she was only 15, her husband brought her to an island near the border of Nigeria. They were going on a fishing trip, he said. Instead,…

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Tell us why family planning is important to you?

214 million women who want to avoid pregnancy face significant obstacles to using reliable contraceptives. Help us demonstrate the importance of this human right by sharing how family planning has made of difference for you. Tell us why family planning is important to you

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UNFPA’s Annual Report 2017: I Have the Power to Change My World

Download UNFPA’s 2017 Annual report here

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Show Rohingya Women That We Care

By Ashley Judd, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Article and video originally appeared on CNN CNN Editors Note: Ashley Judd is a US actress and activist. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, the United Nations reproductive health and rights agency. The opinions in this article belong to the author. (CNN) – The…

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Providing Dignity, Saving Lives

Story and Photos By Karen Bossick Article originally reported in Eye on Sun Valley   Dr. Henia Dakkak had scarcely reported for work at her new job when she received orders to go to Thailand in the wake of the massive tsunami on Dec. 26, 2004. She arrived…

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UNFPA is Helping Women and Girl Refugees Fleeing Conflict

An unprecedented number of conflicts in places such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Nigeria, and Somalia have displaced the largest numbers of people since World War II. Thousands of people are escaping into Europe every day with nowhere to go and no access to health care. As with…

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UNFPA’s Clean Delivery Kits Can Make the Difference Between Life and Death

When crisis strikes women and girls are among the most vulnerable. Women do not stop becoming pregnant or giving birth, but they often lose access to essential health care services. Without lifesaving care, women and girls face increased risks. In a crisis or refugee situations, one in five…

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As Rohingya refugees pour into Bangladesh, UNFPA deploys midwives, safe spaces

HAKA, Bangladesh – An “unprecedented” flow of Rohingya refugees is crossing the border into Bangladesh, with an estimated 370,000 pouring across the border since 25 August to escape the latest violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar District has more than doubled and is…

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UNFPA Provides Lifesaving Care to Rohingya Women and Girls

What has been described as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar has caused at least 800,000 refugees from the Rohingya minority group to flee into neighboring Bangladesh. More than half of the refugees are women and girls – always the most vulnerable during humanitarian crises. Over…

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